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michelle obama will also speak. president obama isn't at the convention yet. today he will end his road to charlotte tour in virginia. he is set to speak in norfolk state university. the president spent yesterday in louisiana seeing firsthand the damage hurricane isaac caused last week. he also travelled to the battleground state of ohio where he told steel and auto workers that he saved millions of dollars by bailing out the auto industry. >> i believed in you. i bet on you. i'll make that bet any day of the week. because of that bet, three years later, that bet is paying off for america. >> vice president joe biden hammered home the same point in a rally in another crucial state, michigan. >> paul ryan hoping to steal some of the democrats' thunder as their convention gets under way. the republican vice presidential nominee calm pand yesterday in greenville, north carolina. he told voters this country is worse off now than it was before president obama was elected. >> what do you call president obama four years ago, if you don't have a record to run on, then you paint your own as some
backing mitt romney questioned president obama's leadership in this crisis. as yet another group of angry muslims attacked another u.s. embassy. like in libya tuesday, anti-american rioting in yemen got out of control, storming the u.s. embassy complex and breaking in before police beat them back. no americans reported hurt. it's the third arab nation racked by protests aimed at the u.s. this was egypt last night. another outburst of anger over the crude anti-muslim movie said to be made in the u.s. but not by the u.s. government, secretary of state clinton tried to make clear about the video today. >> we absolutely reject its content and message. >> reporter: no criticism from mitt romney, after he took hits for accusing the obama administration of sympathizing with the rioters. for the president, a foreign crisis close to election day is a chance to show off leadership, and a chance for a high-profile stumble, campaigning in colorado he talked tough. >> i want people around the world to hear me, to all those who would do us harm, no act of terror will go unpunished. >> reporter: but in
speeches from governor mart ten in o'mal. this is the same honor president obama had at the convention in 2004. first lady michelle obama will also speak tonight. president obama is not in charlotte for the convention just yet. today he will be in virginia forthfinal stop on his road to charlotte tour. the president will speak this morning at norfolk state university. he was in charlottesville last week to campaign part of a tour of college towns in battleground states. the president will speak at the dnc thursday night. >> if you are willing to work with me. if you're willing to work even harder in this election. then i promise you, i promise you, i promise you change will come. >> republican national committee is launching the web ad to coincide with the start of the convention. the ad compares speeches president obama gave this year to speeches me made four years ago. republicans say it proves the president has broken his promise to a improve our economy. >>> you may not know it but the polls just opened for thousands of voters in northern virginia. there's a special election there
up tonight with a speech from president obama. he'll officially accept his party's nomination at time warner cable arena in charlotte. the president was supposed to speak at a much larger football stadium, but organizers moved it to the arena because of a threat for bad weather. legates officially renominated president obama for president yesterday. and they'll do the same with vice president joe biden today. the vice president got a quick walk-through about four hours ago at 1:00 a.m., once the delegates left. 'll speak tonight and accept the vice presidential nomination shortly before the president takes the stage. former president bill clinton says he is confident barack obama will win a second term. >> i hate to break it to you, but we're going to keep president obama on the job! >> clinton officially renominated president obama last night. he told delegates that the president has taken steps, the crucial first steps toward an economic recovery, and he is the right man to finish the job. >> he inherited a deeply damaged economy. he put a floor under the crash. he began the long, h
yesterday when protesters attacked the us kons late. president obama shared his condolences. >> today, we mourn four more americans who represent the very best of the united states of america. we will not waiver in the commitment to see justice is done. make no mistake, justice will be done. >>> meanwhile, we are learning more about the attack. melissa is live with more. >> hey, keith. since the deaths, the president ordered increased security. as many as 200 marines could be sent to libya to bolster security. >> 52-year-old jay christopher steven z was a career diplomat. he was assigned earlier this year. he served two tours in libya running the office in benghazi against gadhafi. he once worked as an international trade here in washington. a large mob stormed the consulate with automatic weapons firing at the building before burning it to the ground. stevens was found in a small room where he was taking cover. he and three others killed after they came back to help with evacuations. neighboring egypt scaled the walls, tearing down and burning the american flag. libyan officials held a p
day. president obama got a bit of a surprise during a visit to a florida pizzeria. the owner, 46-year-old scott manduzer, was so excited to see the president, he gave him a great big bear hug, lifted him off the ground. he's a registered republican, believe it or not. the president ordered several pies and threw a pizza party for a local campaign office. i did read he cleared it with the secret service before he picked up the president of the united states. >> i was wondering about that. >>> as the days tick down to the general election, both president obama and mitt romney bringing in big bucks. the president slightly outraised romney in august, bringing in $114 million. the republican nominee raised $111 million. he had outraised president obama in the three previous months. this was the third straight month romney raised more than $100 million. >>> congress will return to work offer a five week vacation. lawmakers head back to capitol hill with a laundry list of bills to consider. topping the list is the bush era tax cuts set to expire at the end of the year. the other is a farm bi
to vote this november. >> president obama saying our challenges can be met as he pushes for a second term in office. >>> good morning, everybody. i'm aaron gilchrist. >> i'm eun yang. welcome to "news4 today" for this friday, september 7th, 2012. 5:00 a.m., 72 degrees. and it is a touch cooler, feels like the humidity, you know, kind of went down just a little bit. >> had the windows down coming in this morning. >> look at you. >> that's brave. >> well, today, fairly confident we're going to get into the upper 80s to around 90 degrees. summer's last gasp because this weekend we're going to see fall move in. there you go. >> love it. >> taste of fall this weekend. it's, you know, about time, right? this is the time of year. the average temperature, around mid september is, in fact, upper 70s. right now we've got 72 degrees with a partly cloudy sky. a wind that's calm. humidity at 87% right now. take a look at the satellite and the radar over the last couple of hours. those storms that moved through yesterday. those are way off the coast of north carolina now. we've got just a few clouds ou
, president obama will get an up close look at the devastation. he will travel to louisiana today to meet with officials. last week he declared federal emergencies in parts of the emergency including the region and mississippi. he wanted to speed up federal aid. janet napolitano and gop presidential candidate mitt romney have also visited the area in the past few days. and even though isaac is long gone, its impact is still being felt for millions across the gulf coast. the storms are responsible for at least seven deaths in the region. hundreds of thousands are still without power, including more than 200,000 in louisiana. on top of all of this damage the army corps of engineers is looking at whether the levees installed after hurricane katrina caused flooding in other areas. >> going to put this system up, which is a good thing. it's a good thing. it stopped the city from flooding. it's a good thing. we're not going to worry about where we're pushing the water. >> it would have reduced flooding in other places. >> well, the corps of engineers said it will run a variety of computer model
will be in our area. he'll hold a rally in fairfax. today president obama will be in nevada a day after mitt romney was there. the president will hold a rally in las vegas this evening. nevada is shaping up to be one of the most hotly contested states this election year. a poll shows romney and obama essentially tied in the silver state. romney spoke at the national guard convention in reno yesterday. >>> major credit agency moody's is warning it may downgrade the u.s. credit rating if the government fails to avoid the fiscal cliff at the epd of the year. that's the expiration of the bush tax cuts plus tax increases and spending cuts that will automatically take place as part of a deal to raise the debt ceiling. lower ratings means the government may have to pay higher interest rates on some of its $16 trillion debt. >>> on wall street investors are hoping for another day like yesterday. the dow closed at a five-year high. it ended the day at 13,323. that's its highest closing level since december of 2007. expectations on europe's financial crisis at a federal reserve meeting gave stocks a b
political prize is going to be in 2012 and northern virginia is the key which is why we have michelle obama here in fredericksburg here today. this presidential campaign has been focused on the economic challenges took a turn to the foreign policy and the turmoil in the middle east. this is what michelle obama had to say. >> i want to say how truly heart-broken barack and i are about the horrific tragedy that occurred earlier this week in libya. i'm not sure if everyone is aware. but our hearts and prayers are with the families of those who gave their lives serving our country. >> reporter: now, mitt romney had his rally in the heart of fairfax today. his comments about the unrest in et middle east yesterday caused some controversy. so today he tried to turn the focus back to the economy. >> mitt romney! >> reporter: a crowd of more than 2,000 cheered mitt romney's arrival in fairfax and he began by acknowledging the attack on the attack on the u.s. consulate in libya. >> we're thinking about their families and those that they left behind. what a tragedy to lose such a wonderful -- >> repor
to launch any mission president obama might order. the president won't say whether he's considering military action in libya, but he is vowing justice for the attack. >> what we have to do now is to do a full investigation, find out the facts, find out who perpetrated these terrible acts, and bring them to justice. >> egypt's president is vowing not to allow what happened in libya to happen in his country. you are looking live now at pictures coming out of cairo, egypt. this is a lot of activity going on there right now. protesters gathering outside the u.s. embassy. the president there, mohamed morsi, says the egyptian people reject unlawful acts like the attack that happened on the consulate in benghazi. the state department warning american embassy workers around the globe, especially in the middle east as you see on this map here, to be on alert in the wake of a deadly attack in libya. that includes embassies marked here, kuwait, sudan, tunisia. >> the attack in libya is leading to vigils and memorial services around the world. one took place last night outside the white house. the man w
, it is back to the campaign trail for both candidates this morning. this weekend president obama will be taking a bus tour through florida. he'll start in st. petersburg before traveling to kissimmee later today. he will also make stops in melbourne and west palm beach tomorrow before heading back to the white house. meanwhile, republican nominee mitt romney will be in our backyard again today. he plans to hold a rally this afternoon at the military aviation museum in virginia beach. then tonight, he will make a pit stop in richmond. that's where he will help start tonight's federated auto parts 400 nascar race at the richmond international raceway. his wife ann just made a stop in virginia yesterday to speak to william in leesburg. >>> jesse jackson jr. could soon be back to work after being treated for bipolar disorder. jackson went for treatment in june after collapsing at his home here in d.c. his doctors revealed he went to the mayo clinic in minnesota for treatment. one of jackson's aides says he could be back to work as early as monday. he's up for re-election this novembe
handelsman has more from charlotte. >> reporter: on his way to the convention, president obama went to norfolk, a huge rally. he did not mention today's bad economic news. factory activity down for a third straight month. construction spend iing way dow this july. >> on thursday night i will offer what i believe is a better path forward. a path that will create good jobs. >> reporter: an obama goal in charlotte is to get key voter groups he needs refired up and ready to go. in last month's nbc news poll, just 52% of young voters, only 49% of latinos, said they're enthusiastic about the election. 20 points lower than last time. democrats hope michelle obama can help tonight in her prime time speech urging a big turnout. >> it's all responsibility at whatever age to exercise the rights that people before us fought so hard for us to have. >> so i'm going to be at home and i'm going to be watching it with our girls. and i am going to try not to let them see their daddy cry. because when michelle starts talking, i -- i start getting all misty. >> reporter: mitt romney's running mate, pau
poll shows republican mitt romney has some catching up to do there. the poll shows president obama has opened up a significant lead in ohio, pennsylvania, and florida. but one bright spot for governor romney, the numbers are closer among voters who say they're paying close attention to the race. >>> republican congressman todd akin defied the wishes of the national g.o.p. and did not drop out of the race in the missouri senate race. tuesday was the final deadline for him to do that. he was pressured to quit after his legitimate rape comments last month but he says he owe it is to his supporters to stay in the race and fails off against the democrat. >>> we may not be able to read our pets' minds but some cat owners are getting a much better idea about what goes on when they go outside. that story is coming up at 5:56. >> at 5:22, the redskins play caller kyle shanahan owes some big dough after his encounter with the replacement refs? >> does a rainy weekend lay ahead in the seven-day forecast? we'll hear from olga breese. >>> good morning. welcome back to 9news now. it's wednesday morn
husband, 51 years. >>> see you back here at 9:00. >>> good morning. the race is on. president obama and mitt romney criss-crossing the nation over the holiday weekend. the republican challenger touching down in storm-ravaged louisiana, the president headed there next. will it help them sway the undecideds? >>> health scare. officials saying that some 10,000 people who stayed in tent cabins at yosemite national park this summer may be at risk for contracting a deadly virus. >>> and eastwooding. fresh off his performance at the republican convention, movie icon clint eastwood has inspired a new phenomenon, and it's a big hit online today, saturday, september 1st, 2012. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good morning, everyone. welcome to "today" on a saturday morning. i'm lester holt. >> and i'm jenna wolfe. and empty chairs across the country have never been so happy before, ever. i mean, empty chairs everywhere are finally getting their time in the spotlight wait until the chair says something. you know who else was almost sitting next to an empty chair? >> here we go
. he comes to prince george's county from d.c. public schools. the formerintendent left to obama the philadelphia's school chief. >>> five minutes after the hour, the democratic national convention officially begins today in charlotte. delegates will vote on the party's platform that calls for higher tax owns the wealthy and legalizing same-sex marriage. several local politicians will speak tonight in charlotte. they include maryland governor martin o'malley, maryland congressman steny hoyer and virginia senate candidate and former governor tim kaine. first lady michelle obama is also taking the stage tonight. president obama wraps up his road to charlotte tour today in virginia. he will speak at norfolk state university. the president was in the common wealth last week. he appeared in charlottesville as part of a tour of college towns in battleground states. recent polls show him slightly ahead of mitt romney in virginia. romney though narrow that margin. >>> some of the speakers at the dr dnc may offer new insight as to how romney does business. the employees from bain capital
any mission president obama orders. the president won't say whether he's even considering military action in libya. he does say that justice will be done. >> what we have to do now is to do a full investigation, find out the facts, find out who perpetrated these terrible acts, and bring them to justice. >> the white house says president obama has spoken to the presidents of libya and egypt and urged them to continue working with u.s. to make sure diplomats are safe. >>> the bodies of ambassador chris stevens and three other americans killed with on their way back to the u.s. a must military helicopter left tripoli yesterday with the bodies and arrived in germany before heading to the u.s. other victims who were injured in the attack were also onboard, as were more than two dozen people evacuated from the consulate. these protest over that internet video are continuing today in the middle east. this is just outside the u.s. embassy in cairo. today's demonstrations are much more subdued than tuesday's when protesters scaled the walls of the complex there and destroyed an american fla
this afternoon. it's been a busy political week in virginia. in addition to romney, first lady michelle obama was also in the state yesterday visiting richmond and fredericksburg. >>> a new poll shows that president obama holds a five-point lead over mitt romney in virginia. the nbc news/wall street journal poll shows the president leading mitt romney by five points. he holds a similar lead in florida and seven points in ohio. >>> the president and first lady will welcome many of our olympic athletes to the white house this morning. president obama will honor the 2012 u.s. olympic and paralympic teams in a south lawn ceremony. one of the swimmers being honored, matt mcclain of loudoun county. he had a hand in helping america take the gold in the men's 4 by 200 relay. >>> next week the senate will take up a spending bill to prevent a government shutdown. the house passed a bill that essentially puts the government on autopilot for six months. it includes the support of republican vice presidential nominee paul ryan even though it permits spending above the budget he authored this spring. >>> t
a specific mission but give the military more flexibility to launch any mission president obama should order. the president won't say if he's thinking of military action but he's vowing justice for the attack. >> what we have to do now is to do a full investigation, find out the facts, find out who perpetrated these terrible acts and bring them to justice. >> president obama has spoken to the presidents of libya and egypt and urged them to continue to work with the u.s. to ensure diplomats are safe. >>> mitt romney is standing by his campaign's criticism of the white house's response to the libyan attacks. right now, he is preparing for a rally. romney will campaign at van dyke park and fairfax. megan mcgrath is live with a preview. >> reporter: good morning. you can see all the people that gathered at van dyke park. the candidate himself, mitt romney has not arrived. we are expecting him shortly. he's been criticized about the statements about u.s. diplomats and criticizing the obama administration for handling the situation while the events were unfolding. he is expected toouch on that sub
, president obama and his party raised more money than mitt romney and the republican party. romney raised $111 million in august, president obama $114 million. most of romney's contributions came from people who donated more than $250. in contrast, more than 1 million americans donated about $60 each to president obama's campaign. >>> a developing story unfolding in chicago tonight, where public schoolteachers are on strike for the first time in 25 years. they walked off the job today over contract issues, like health care, class size, and job evaluations. both sides actually agreed their salaries are fair. mayor rahm emanuel, the former white house chief of staff, claims this is a strike of choice. and teachers should have waited on more negotiations. 400,000 students are now out of class. some parents complain they had to scramble to find care for their kids. >> it's not fair to the kids at all. >> the schools did open for a few hours this morning to provide meals. 80% of chicago's school kids get free or reduced cost breakfast and lurvlg. >>> a prince george's county school reopened to
, president obama hit the road campaigning. he stopped at norfolk state university, called on students there to help him get out the vote. tonight president obama will be back at the white house with his daughters watching the first lady's speech. he says he's going to try not to cry because he gets all misty when his wife speaks. news 4's jim vance joins us live in charlotte. >> hey, vance. >> reporter: hi, wendy. the president is not the only one who is anticipating what the first lady has to say tonight. except we have to assume, don't we, he probably already knows. this convention is about to be gaveled into session. there are all kinds of tightly scripted speakers and videos. these things have been such in the last couple of decades. the hall begins to fill now with a whole lot of people in anticipation of some heavyweights coming up here tonight. former virginia governor and senate candidate tim cain scheduled to speak. so the maryland's kbovrner martin o'malley. an santonio's mare yoi julian castro is the keynote speaker. the one most anticipated first lady michelle obama. yeste
over how president obama has handled the attacks. he spoke to supporters in van dyke park our military commitment and keep america the strongest military in the world. >> romney will be in the swing state of ohio today and plans to turn his message back to the economy. >>> paul ryan will be in virginia today. the republican vp nominee will visit rockingham fairgrounds in harrisonburg this afternoon. it's been a busy political week for the commonwealth. yesterday mitt romney was in fairfax for a rally, and first lady michelle obama appeared at two events in richmond and fredericksburg. and virginia is just one of the key battleground states coming up in this election, and president obama is leading in most of them. a new "the wall street journal" poll shows the president ahead of mitt romney in three key states. he leads by five points among likely voters in virginia. that lead jumps to seven points in ohio. political experts say these are fairly large leads for the president, but they could easily be wiped out if romney has a strong first debate. that debate is scheduled for october 3r
protection systems. president obama plans to visit on monday. what does isaac mean for your labor day weekend? veronica johnson tracking the conditions. how does it look. >> a potential for showers during the holiday weekend. right here is where most of the rain is through missouri, through illinois, the heaviest rain is here today. still some rains down south and seeing some showers out from that to the east. we'll have that tomorrow scattered mainly light showers in the area tomorrow as a weather front comes into the area. saturday and sunday a better chance of showers and widespread rains on monday on labor day weekend. best location will be at the beach with still dry conditions saturday and sunday and showers on monday. we'll talk about here when you can expect the rain to come in and maybe thunderstorms in a couple minutes. >>> a lost key, stolen car and botched burglary. a story that started outside the maryland live casino and ended with a suspect in handcuffs. shomari stone has the report. >> reporter: that woman drove to maryland live casino to have joy. while she was inside a man w
continued to attack president obama's handling of the situation in the middle east. >>> and paul ryan will visit rockingham fairgrounds in harrisonburg, virginia. yesterday mitt romney was in fairfax, and first lady michelle obama appeared at two events, one in richmond and the other in fredericksburg. >>> virginia is expected to be one of the most important states up for grabs in november. right now president obama is leading in the commonwealth and other battleground states. a new nbc/wall street journal poll shows the president ahead of mitt romney in three key states. in virginia and florida, he leads romney by five points among the voters. that lead jumps to seven points in ohio. political experts say these are fairly large leads for the president, but they can easily be wiped out if romney has a strong first debate, which is scheduled for october 3rd. stocks will open on wall street today on multiyear highs, thanks to new efforts by the federal reserve. word the fed would inject $40 million sent stocks soaring today. it will also keep short term interest rates at the record lows
at andrews this afternoon. president obama and secretary of state hillary rodham clinton were at the transfer of remains ceremony and met with grieving families. meanwhile, violent protests outside embassies have spread to more than a dozen countries in the middle east and africa. nbc's steve handelsman reports. >> reporter: as anti-american rioting spread through the muslim world, president obama was on hand for the return of the remains of u.s. ambassalibya, chris stevens, and his three colleagues killed by a mob on the 9/11 anniversary tuesday. >> make it clear that justice will come to those who harm americans. most of all, even in our brief, we will be resolute. for we are americans. we hold our head high. >> reporter: but the protests widened. this was iraq in lebanon symbols of the u.s. got burned at kfc and hardee's. in tiny bahrain, 2,000 protesters. in yemen, 2,000. this was gaza. many egyptians are still furious over that anti-muslim film made in the u.s. and it's not just arab nations. muslims to the east erupted. this was pakistan today. this wa
obama and mitt romney are raising tons of cash in the days leading up to november. the latest numbers show the president outraised romney in august, bringing in $114 million. the republican nominee raised $111 million and had outraised president obama the previous three months. despite the president's advantage in august, it was the third straight month that mitt romney raised more than $100 million. >>> not a bad way to start a season or a career. the redskins are 1-0 after shocking the saints 40-32 yesterday. robert griffin iii was stellar in his nfl debut. he threw two touchdown passes and threw for 320 yards in the wind. statistically, that's among the best quarterback debuts in league history. our own dan hellie was there for the game. he has more on rg3's historic performance and more on what coach shanahan thought about it. >> reporter: it really was a masterful performance by the redskins last night. the defense delivered against drew brees, and robert griffin iii walked on water. not quite, but he did do everything else. a couple of touchdown passes and 320 yards in his nfl d
the rivals in the race for the white house. the u.s. consulate was still burning when president obama ordered in u.s. marines to protect american officials remaining in libya. he learned this morning four diplomats were dead. >> the united states condemns in the strongest terms this outrageous and shocking attack. >> reporter: riots preceded the deaths, first in cairo, then in benghazi, libya's number two city, well known to u.s. ambassador chris stevens. he was there when u.s. air raids prevented a massacre by moammar gadhafi. stevens reportedly braved the riot to help evacuate his people but was killed along with three colleagues. secretary of state clinton was chris stevens' friend. >> he risked his life to stop a tyrant, then gave his life trying to help build a better libya. >> reporter: why the riots? clips had flooded the internet of an amateurish anti-muslim movie said to be made in the u.s. as flags were lowered in washington, the tragedy went political. >> an apology for america's values is never the right course. >> reporter: mitt romney blamed president obama for a statement by th
. >>> for the third day in a row, both president obama and mitt romney were campaigning in the very same state. today it was virginia, and that's one ever the states that will decide who wins in november. speaking of veterans at an american legion post in springfield, they attacked proposed cuts to the defense budgets. >> and the idea of committing our military commitment by a trillion dollars is unthinkable. >> and according to a recent cbs news poll, president obama holds a 4-point advantage over romney. the president meantime spent his morning campaigning in virginia beach and he used romney's tax return to make his pitch to the middle class voters. >> my opponent thinks it's fair that somebody that makes $20 million a year, like him, pays a lower rate than a cop or a teacher who makes 50,000. [ cheers and applause ] >> don't move. vote. [ cheers and applause ] >> president obama won virginia back in '08, but that state had gone for republican candidates since the previous presidential election. >>> and, of course, there are six more days of campaigning left before president obama and mitt romney
obama denied a meeting with benjamin netanyahu later this month during a u.n. general assembly. but a white house spokesman said the men simply won't meet because of the president's hectic election schedule. both men spent an hour on the phone discussing iran's nuclear ambitions. yet yet netanyahu has urged the u.s. to take a stand on threatening iran's nuclear policies. >>> recent polls show the president and mitt romney essentially tied in nevada. the republican presidential nominee visited reno yesterday and spoke at the annual national guard convention. >> romney will be in our area tomorrow. he's holding a rally late tomorrow morning at van dyke park in fairfax. it begins at 11:35. the doors open at 9:00 a.m. the event is free and open to the public. the romney campaign is asking that you rsvp on the virginia page on the campaign's website. >>> and mitt romney's running mate focusing on a second campaign. paul ryan has begun running tv ads for his congressional re-election effort. he's spending $2 million this week on commercials in milwaukee and madison, wisconsin. it all
. i'll be back with more at 6:11. >>> the world will be watching new york today. president obama will address the united nations general assembly. >> no shortage of topics from iran to syria to anti-american protests in the muslim world. kristin fisher is live outside the white house previewing a story that's happening today. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. >> reporter: president obama has plenty to talk about. there's the civil war in syria. the recent attacks in libya and egypt and the possibility of iran developing a nuclear weapon. but he's not going to be there long and the president has taken some hits for it. he arrived yesterday in new york city. the first thing he did, he went to sit down not with world leaders but with the ladies of the view. the president will not be sitting down with any world leaders during the u.n. which is extremely rare. last year he had 13 meetings. so critics are accusing the president of putting his reelection efforts ahead of diplomacy but jed white house spokesman jay carney said the president is hosting two receptions for world lead
obama's affordable health care act. 10% of the people getting that penalty will be living below the poverty line when they have to pay it. the maximum penalty for not having health care will be $285 per family or 1% of your income whichever is greater. in 2015 it goes up to $975 or 2% and by 2016 it will be nearly $2100 or 2.5% per family. >>> after the controversey this summer, chik-fil-a will reportedly stop donating money to groups which oppose same-sex marriage and other political or social groups. there were boycotts and shows of support as well for the fast food chain. an lgbt group called civil rights agenda says chik-fil-a has agreed to stop donations to any political or social groups through its nonprofit arm which is called the wind shape foundation. >>> time for another your money report. people already are lining up outside of some apple stores to get their hands on the iphone 5. sales begin tomorrow. even if the phone doesn't come out for another two weeks. this morning we have some ideas on saving a few bucks if you absolutely have to have the new iphone. >> report
and voters lined up to cast their ballots. president obama's team is feeling confident that most of these early votes will be for the president. >> this many people this early in the morning really shows that there's strong support here in iowa for the president. >> reporter: but on thursday, both candidates were in another battleground state. >> how is it going, virginia beach? >> reporter: president obama talked to voters in southern virginia. >> growing our economy begins with a strong and thriving middle class. >> reporter: while mitt romney talked with veterans about looming cuts to the military in the northern part of the state. >> 136,000 jobs will be lost in virginia as a result of this move. >> reporter: the candidates will spend time this weekend preparing for next week's debate ahead of the faceoff in denver both campaigns seem to be trying to lower expectations. >> we are looking forward to the debates as you know, and there have been difficulties. you have to give the president some credit for the campaign they're running. >> reporter: romney's staff issued a talking
as president obama hits the campaign trail then heads to louisiana for a firsthand look at the damage left behind by isaac today. >>> firing back. the church of scientology blasts a new "vanity fair" article that claims it auditioned potential wives for tom cruise. this morning who they believe is behind the startling allegation. >>> and out of control. a driver at a monster truck rally in oregon plows over a protective barrier and into the stands. three people rushed to the hospital. what caused the accident and why that driver will not face charges today monday, september that driver will not face charges today monday, september 3rd, 2012. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and welcome to "today" on this labor day monday this morning. i'm natalie morales. >> i'm carl quintanilla. matt and savannah have the day off. the kickoff for the presidential race. >> the republicans had their moment last week, now it's the democrats' turn. what do they have panned for their convention in charlotte this week? what message does the president need to deliver to reconnect thursday night?
polls give president obama a comfortable lead in the state, something romney discussed with campaign donors. >> we really would shock people if early in the evening of november 6th it looked like pennsylvania was going to come our way. >> reporter: romney is loading up on campaign cash in pennsylvania and massachusetts. >> the next president of the united states, mitt romney. >> reporter: but he also spoke to supporters at valley forge military academy. he slammed the president on taxes. >> he wants to raise the income tax. i don't want to raise taxes on the american people, not when our economy is in the kind of trouble it's in. i will not raise taxes on middle income americans. >> reporter: the president stayed close to the white house with three fundraisers. he's expected to pull in almost 2 1/2 million to make his cases to voters, but some have -- case to voters, but some have already cast their ballots. most watching say early voting faves the president because of his grassroots -- favors the president because of his grassroots organizations. early voting started thursday in
qaeda's number three, alibi was killed in a drone attack in june and he was a libyan. president obama vows to punish those responsible. he was comforting members of the foreign service with a personal visit to the state department. >> we will not waiver in our commitment to see that justice is done for this terrible act, and make no mistake, justice will be done. >> muslim leaders here in washington are also condemning this attack. >> and they agree that those responsible should be punished. christ gordon is here. >> well, today, former diplomats, and muslims here in washington told me that ambassador chris stevens was a man of honor. dedicated to progress and freedom. that he was a career diplomat who was passionate about his mission in the middle east. flags fly at half staff at the state department and other federal buildings in the nation's capitol. after the assassination of u.s. ambassador christopher stevens and three other american officials who were killed trying to evacuate staff during an attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, at the headquarters of care the washington-b
in the white house. for his part today, president obama took a hard line. as anti-american rioting spread through the muslim world, president obama was on hand for the return of the remains of u.s. ambassador to libya chris stevens, and his three colleagues, murdered by a mob on the 9/11 anniversary tuesday. the president vowed no u.s. retreat. >> i'm making it clear that justice will come to those who harm americans. most of all, even in our grief, we will be resolute. for we are americans. and we hold our head high. >> reporter: but the protests widened. this was iraq, in lebanon symbols of the u.s. got burned at kfc and the hardee's. this was gaza. many egyptians are still furious over that anti-muslim film made in the u.s. and it's not just arab nations. muslims to the east erupted. this was pakistan today. this was bangladesh. these were indian muslims in kashmir. while back in the u.s., republican vice presidential candidate paul ryan blamed president obama. >> what we do not see is steady consistent american leadership. that is what keeps the peace. and that is what we will have in
obama and the republican challenger mitt romney. both candidates will be in that critical swing state. tara mergener reports both are looking to sway voters in the final weeks before the election. >> reporter: mitt romney is fighting for the hispanic vote in florida. >> this party is the natural home for hispanic americans. >> reporter: but the republican presidential nominee has an uphill battle with hispanics in this key battleground state. a new poll shows hispanic voters favor president obama 66% to 26%. wednesday night on a spanish language tv network, romney tried to cut into that lead. he defended secretly recorded comments he made to wealthy donors when he seemed to write off 47% of americans who don't pay federal income taxes. >> my campaign is about the 100% of america. i'm concerned about them. i'm concerned about the fact that over the past four years, live has become harder for americans. >> reporter: president obama has a different challenge in florida, attracting support from senior citizens. polls show romney has a 53% to 38% lead among florida voters 65 and older. the
. >> and mitt romney came out very critical of president obama's reaction for the killing of the u.s. ambassador in libya. one of his advisors say if mitt romney was president this would not be happening. now effective is a statement like that. >> i think they are regretting how quickly they acted. there was a sense that was what called for at that moment was solemn recognition of loss. and the ambassador and three others in libya. beyond that there is a debate about what president obama's policy after the arab spring was apparent. what that has created, should the united states be doing more. i think that is a debate that romney would like to have. and it's a dicey business when you talk about is this would not happen if i informs office, it's hard to prove and not many details. >> you still see romney talking about the recent use of defense cuts, will we see that take more center stage as an issue in the wake of the recent attacks? a september surprise, you know, the idea that foreign policy inserting itself into the national and presidential debate, and if this which is leman moment for romne
privately. during his remarks, president barack obama offered his condolences and promised that their loved ones did not die in vain. >> they were taken from us suddenly and far too soon. to you and your families, the rest of us cannot begin to imagine the pain you've endured these many years. we will never fully understand how difficult it has been for you to carry on, to summon that strength and to rebuild your lives. >> reporter: the victims' memorial was closed for several hours this morning, but it has since reopened, and so members of the public who want to come and pay their respects can now do so. from the pentagon, megan mcgrath, news4. >> abner morales. >> carlos manuel morales. >> this has happened every year since the attack. each victim's name was spoken aloud this morninging at ground zero. but unlike every other year, relatives spoke the names and no politicians took the microphone. >>> across the country, many americans are remembering those who were lost in the attack on america. although the crowd was a bit smaller at today's ground zero ceremony, the ceremony had a lot of
to romney, first lady, michelle obama was visiting richmond and fredericksburg. >>> the president holds a five-point lead over romney in virginia and florida. h holds the same lead in florida and seven points in florida. all three states crucial to deciding the election. the president and first lady welcome many olympians to the white house. >>> the president honored the 2012 olympic and paraolympic teams for their hard work and in some cases gold, silver and bronze medals. matt mclane of loudoun county helped america in the 200 meter relay. that was exciting for all those olympians and paraolympians. >> they were golden and keep getting the golden sign of appreciation. >> hey, there. good to see you. >> what do you have for us? >> another gorgeous day. you saw all the olympians bathed in the glorious sunshine. a beautiful day for the events going on this weekend. we have the h street festival on saturday here in washington. it runs noon to 6:00. then, over the weekend, we have the great frederick fair out in frederick county and frederick, maryland. gorgeous. is it the annual blue mont
appears to have given president obama a boost, but the race for president remains tight. he leads mitt romney by six points among all voters according to the latest "washington post/abc news poll. however, the president leads his republican rival by just a single point among likely voters. the convention also did little to change how voters think of obama's presidency. just 48% of them approve of his performance. 50% disapprove. >>> just to give you a sense of how hotly contested this election is, the campaigns and outside groups have already spent more than $500 million in radio ads since march. most of the money is flowing into florida, ohio and virginia. in fact, campaigns and groups have spent more than $300 million in those three states alone. that's more than half the total spent. >>> one of d.c.'s largest high-end shopping events kicks off today. this year's event is being held at the mazza gallery. we checked and there are still general admission and benefactor's tickets available. tickets range between $40 and $250. and the proceeds go to charity. that's important. it's going
extinguishers and sprinkler systems. >>> president obama heads west today. he's set to campaign in las vegas this evening. nevada is shaping up to be one of the most hotly contested states this year. the polls show the president and mitt romney essentially tied there. the president visiteded reno yesterday and spoke at the national guard convention. >>> romney is ramping up his campaign less than two months before election day. he's in florida for a private fund-raiser, and his campaign has added a second stop in the sunshine state. romney also scrapped his plans to take this upcoming weekend off at his beach house in san diego. his aides say he'll spend the weekend campaigning instead. today romney will be in our area and hold a rally in fairfax. the first lady will also visit virginia tomorrow. the first lady will speak to her husband's supporters in richmond. and then give a speech at mary washington. mitt romney's wife ann rommy will speak in leesburg on friday. >>> a young man who brought a gun to school pointed a gun at his teacher, his class, and then himself before being restrained.
and neck. president obama leads mitt romney by six points according to the latest "washington post"/abc news poll. that is just a single point among likely voters. voters are also sharply divided on how they believe president obama is doing. just 48% of them approve of his performance. 50% disapprove. >>> the campaigns and groups supporting the candidates are spending hundreds of millions of dollars this election on ads. in fact, they've spent more than $500 million since march. and most of that money is flowing into battleground states particularly florida, ohio and virginia. in fact, campaigns and groups have spent more than $300 million in those three states alone. that's more than half of the total spent. and apparently republicans are not embracing this florida pizza shop owner quite as much as he embraced president obama. big apple pizza has gotten negative reviews on yelp since its owner bear hugged the president. one claimed she felt compelled to disrespect the restaurant as much as the president disrespects our constitution. he's received plenty of positive responses. the
shoulder to shoulder. >> reporter: at the white house, president obama participated in a moment of silence. late aert the pentagon, he offered hope following a ceremony remembering those killed when a hijacked plane targeted the building. >> no single event can ever change who we are. >> reporter: those same themes of courage rang out near shanksville, pennsylvania, where passengers fought to keep a plane from crashing the capitol. >> we've not forgotten the heroism of your husbands, wives, sons, daughters, mother, fathers. >> reporter: so many fighting for a country they believed in. despite the pain, there are isle signs of healing. this new world trade tower i'm standing in which should be complete in just over a year is a sign to many the city is beginning to move on. danielle leigh. now back to you. >> u.s. troops in kabul, afghanistan, marked the anniversary of the terror attacks at several memorial services. in october of 2001, the u.s. and allies invaded afghanistan. the goal was to oust the taliban regime for sheltering al qaeda leaders who planned the 9/11 attacks. military leade
will be campaigning this week. michelle obama will visit the university of mary washington in fredericksburg on thursday. the first lady was supposed to come to fredericksburg several weeks ago but canceled that appearance after the colorado movie theater shooting. >>> 6:06 is your time now. 55 degrees. new guidance for parents before they rush their kids to the doctor for something that's bound to happen this school year. >>> plus, there is a chill in the air this morning. you may find yourself reaching for the heat on your drive in, as i did. weather and traffic on the 1s. weather and traffic on the 1s. >>> and next, some video that ♪ you know, ronny... weather and traffic on the 1s. >>> and next, some video that folks who save hundreds of dollars by switching to geico sure are happy. and how happy are they jimmy? i'd say happier than a bodybuilder directing traffic. he does look happy. get happy. get geico. fifteen minutes could save you fifteen percent or more on car insurance. together in midair. how this ended. >>> we take a look here, you can tell this is video of a midair collision
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